The Life You Can Save donations received

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Basic donee information

Facebook page TheLifeYouCanSave
Donate page
Twitter usernameLifeYouCanSave
Instagram usernamethelifeyoucansave
Key peoplePeter Singer|Jon Behar|Charlie Bresler

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 4 300 2,713 52 52 52 300 300 300 500 500 10,000 10,000 10,000
Effective altruism 4 300 2,713 52 52 52 300 300 300 500 500 10,000 10,000 10,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee The Life You Can Save

Donor Total 2019 2018 2016
Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund (filter this donee) 10,000.00 10,000.00 0.00 0.00
Aaron Gertler (filter this donee) 500.00 0.00 500.00 0.00
Kyle Lackinger (filter this donee) 300.00 0.00 0.00 300.00
Christopher O'Bleness (filter this donee) 51.50 0.00 0.00 51.50
Total 10,851.50 10,000.00 500.00 351.50

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (3 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
EA Giving Tuesday Donation Matching Initiative 2018 Retrospective (GW, IR)2019-01-06Avi Norowitz Effective Altruism ForumAvi Norowitz William Kiely Against Malaria Foundation Malaria Consortium GiveWell Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Effective Animal Advocacy Fund The Humane League The Good Food Institute Animal Charity Evaluators Machine Intelligence Research Institute Faunalytics Wild-Aniaml Suffering Research GiveDirectly Center for Applied Rationality Effective Altruism Foundation Cool Earth Schistosomiasis Control Initiative New Harvest Evidence Action Centre for Effective Altruism Animal Equality Compassion in World Farming USA Innovations for Poverty Action Global Catastrophic Risk Institute Future of Life Institute Animal Charity Evaluators Recommended Charity Fund Sightsavers The Life You Can Save One Step for Animals Helen Keller International 80,000 Hours Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Vegan Outreach Encompass Iodine Global Network Otwarte Klatki Charity Science Mercy For Animals Coalition for Rainforest Nations Fistula Foundation Sentience Institute Better Eating International Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research Raising for Effective Giving Clean Air Task Force The END Fund Miscellaneous commentaryThe blog post describes an effort by a number of donors coordinated at to donate through Facebook right after the start of donation matching on Giving Tuesday. Based on timestamps of donations and matches, donations were matched till 14 seconds after the start of matching. Despite the very short time window of matching, the post estimates that $469,000 (65%) of the donations made were matched
The Life You Can Save's 2016 Annual Report2017-04-26Jon Behar The Life You Can Save The Life You Can Save Donee donation caseEffective altruism/movement growth/fundraisingTLYCS provides an annual report of money moved and influenced
Introducing CEA’s Guiding Principles2017-03-07William MacAskill Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Foundation Rethink Charity Centre for Effective Altruism 80,000 Hours Animal Charity Evaluators Charity Science Effective Altruism Foundation Foundational Research Institute Future of Life Institute Raising for Effective Giving The Life You Can Save Miscellaneous commentaryEffective altruismWillam MacAskill outlines CEA's understanding of the guiding principles of effective altruism: commitment to others, scientific mindset, openness, integrity, and collaborative spirit. The post also lists other organizations that voice their support for these definitions and guiding principles, including: .impact, 80,000 Hours, Animal Charity Evaluators, Charity Science, Effective Altruism Foundation, Foundational Research Institute, Future of Life Institute, Raising for Effective Giving, and The Life You Can Save. The following individuals are also listed as voicing their support for the definition and guiding principles: Elie Hassenfeld of GiveWell and the Open Philanthropy Project, Holden Karnofsky of GiveWell and the Open Philanthropy Project, Toby Ord of the Future of Humanity Institute, Nate Soares of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, and Peter Singer. William MacAskill worked on the document with Julia Wise, and also expresses gratitude to Rob Bensinger and Hilary Mayhew for their comments and wording suggestions. The post also briefly mentions an advisory panel set up by Julia Wise, and links to (GW, IR) for more detail

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (4 donations)

DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 4)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund10,000.0012019-03-07Effective altruism/movement growth Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Grant to support the tenth anniversary relaunch of Peter Singer's book The Life You Can Save; grantee is the eponymous organization. Project has an immediate, one-off funding requirement and donor believes it has high upside, judging from the impact that the original book had. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Aaron Gertler500.0022018-11-27Effective altruism/fundraising Timed to coincide with matching funds from Facebook's Giving Tuesday event. The match was successful, so Facebook matched the full $500. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Christopher O'Bleness51.5042016Effective altruism/movement growth/fundraising
Kyle Lackinger300.0032016Effective altruism/movement growth/fundraising